Visit Indonesia

About Indonesia2020 - Be part of the historic world philately event, Indonesia20-World Stamp Championship. Held for the first time in the parliament building (DPR) -Jakarta on 6-11 August 2019, to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Indonesia's independence. In the FIAP patronage, Indonesia2020 presented thousands of collections from dozens of participating countries and was attended by hundreds of thousands of visitors from home and abroad.

Visit Jakarta
Visit Jakarta

Jakarta is the capital of the Republic of Indonesia, with a population of 10.6 million people, a melting pot for various ethnic groups in Indonesia to live and achieve their life goals. With a minimum temperature of 22 Celsius and a maximum of 32 Celsius, the city located in the western part of Java has a number of tourist destinations that are worth visiting, such as the National Monument (Monas), the National Museum, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, the Largest Trade Center of Tanah Abang, Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, to the DPR / MPR RI Complex. One of the buildings in the complex was built in 1965, part of the funds obtained through the sale of Conefo series stamps. The building that is shaped like a turtle is now ready to welcome philatelists from all over the world to hold their best collections in the World Stamp Exhibition -Indonesia2020 which was held on 6-11 August 2020.


Monas, a 132 meter-tall tower that was built to commemorate Indonesia’s struggle for Independence. It was the late and great Sukarno (the first president of Indonesia) who pushed for construction of this tower, inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris (France). Construction began in 1961 and Monas was finally opened to the public in 1975 (five years after Soekarno’s death).

The design of Monas is fairly simple but full of traditional symbolism. Sukarno, himself an architect, did not design the monument (these credits go to Frederich Silaban and R.M. Soedarsono) but played a crucial role by forcing the form of a lingga and yoni, important concepts from Hindu traditions (traditional Javanese and Balinese cultures are highly influenced by Hinduism). These concepts symbolize harmony, fertility and eternal life: the lingga phallic symbol represents masculinity, positive elements, and daytime, while the yoni symbolizes the female organs, representing femininity, negative elements, and night. For Sukarno such concepts were familiar growing up in a traditional Javanese family in East Java (with Balinese influences from his mother’s side of the family).

At Monas you can do two things: firstly, you can go to the (near) top with the elevator to enjoy a great view of Jakarta. Tickets are cheap but the biggest challenge is the long queue. Therefore it is advised to come early (before 10:00 am) to avoid an hours-long wait. This viewing platform (or observation deck) is about 115 meters above ground level, just below the bronze flame which – reportedly – is covered by a layer of gold foil.

Secondly, you can visit the National History Museum and Hall of Independence located in the base of Monas. Here you can view dioramas displaying prehistoric times and Indonesia’s political history (from the precolonial times of Srivijaya and Majapahit to the struggle for Independence from the Dutch colonial power, up to Suharto’s New Order regime). The original text of Sukarno’s Proclamation of Independence – announced on 17 August 1945 in Jakarta – is stored in the Hall of Independence.

Old Batavia
Old Batavia

Located at the mouth of the Ciliwung River in Java , the Old Town of Jakarta was established by the VOC in 1619. Its 17th century town plan was completed in 1650.

In 17th and 18th century VOC had largest volume of trade in the world, governed from Batavia. No colonial town built by VOC matched the grandeur and completeness (military, civil engineering, and urban elements) of Dutch town planning & architecture of Batavia.

The nominated property: the 1650 town (1.5 km x 1 km) with 4 major areas on the Ciliwung River sides. West side: former Jayakarta and two 18th century houses.

North west side: West Warehouse, old town wall remains, Floating Warehouse, VOC shipyard, Luar Batang Mosque. East side: East Warehouse, Town Square, Town Hall. South east side: China Town.

Kalibesar Canal with traditional boats wharf. Islands: Onrust, Kelor, Cipir & Bidadari with shipyard and forts.

Istiqlal Mosque, Immanuel Church & Jakarta Cathedral
Istiqlal Mosque, Immanuel Church & Jakarta Cathedral

The Istiqlal Mosque, built in the 1960s and 1970s and located northeast of the Merdeka Square. Just like the word merdeka (Indonesian), istiqlal (Arabic) means ‘independence’. As such it also commemorates Indonesian Independence from the Dutch colonial power. Reportedly, Indonesia’s Istiqlal Mosque is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia.

Secondly, the Immanuel Church (Gereja Immanuel), located east of Merdeka Square. This Protestant church may be the oldest existing church in Indonesia. Construction – on the initiative of Dutch Reformed and Lutherans in Batavia – started in 1838 and took five years before being completed. During Dutch rule the church was known as Willemskerk named after king William I of the Netherlands. Up to the present the church conducts a service in the Dutch language (every Sunday at 10:00 am local Jakarta time). Here you can meet a handful of nice elderly Indonesian people who faithfully attend the service.

Thirdly, located almost next to the Istiqlal Mosque, you can pay a visit to Jakarta’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Jakarta.
Originally, this church was built in the first half of the 19th century. However, it collapsed in 1890. The current Cathedral is mainly the result of rebuilding (in neo-gothic style) between 1891 and 1901 with Pastor Antonius Dijkmans as architect. The Cathedral’s official name is Gereja Santa Perawan Maria Diangkat Ke Surga (taken from Dutch De Kerk van Onze Lieve Vrouwe ten Hemelopneming which, in English, means “Church of Our Lady of Assumption”).

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